Posted by: henrymcghie | March 26, 2016

Identity of the “Tully Monster” revealed

News on an amazing fossil animal, a curiosity for a long time.

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Tully Monster rendering by Sean McMahon Tully Monster rendering by Sean McMahon

Today, the researchers from Yale, Argonne National Laboratory, and the American Museum of Natural History released the identity of the “Tully monster” (Tullimonstrum gregarium), an extinct aquatic animal first brought to light by amateur fossil collector Francis Tully in 1958.

Mazon creek region, Illinois. (Sean McMahon/Field Museum of Natural History) Mazon creek region, Illinois. (Sean McMahon/Field Museum of Natural History)

For nearly 60 years, the exact classification of the bizarre creature remained a point of contention, with theories ranging from worms to mollusks. Regardless, it was generally assumed that these creatures were some kind of soft-bodied invertebrate which lived in the area now called the Mazon Creek region of Illinois about 307 million years ago.

Well surprise, surprise! It turns out that these animals were vertebrates and, more specifically, they’re jawless fish! According to the Field Museum’s official press release,

“It’s a beautiful example of how science works to solve mysteries of nature, and how museums…

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